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Transform your relationship with time

December 16, 2018 What is your relationship with time? Is it your friend, or your enemy? Is time something to embrace, or something to conquer? Do you sometimes find yourself racing to get through a task so that you can finally enjoy your ‘life’? Or waiting with baited breath for… Read more

The gift of being ‘not special’

December 2, 2018 I have been struggling with a feeling that I shared with a friend.  The feeling was discomfort and it came from the idea that at times I have the thought that I’m ‘better than’ someone else.  It was difficult to talk about without wanting to back-track, explain,… Read more

We’re Better at Not Listening Than We Think

November 11, 2018 Listening isn’t that complicated.  It’s just really hard. We have such a powerful drive to be heard and to feel understood that it becomes almost impossible to listen to, much less understand, someone else. At the same time, true listening is a skill we can sharpen with time… Read more

Simple, med-free antidote to anxiety

October 28, 2018 Feeling tense, anxious, overwhelmed and out of control? Here’s a simple method to calm yourself, without meds, in literally seconds. Breathe all the way out. That’s it. The usual response when someone expresses anxious feelings is to tell them to take a breath.  Looking for anything that… Read more

No Light Without the Dark

October 14, 2018 Spine surgery two weeks ago has redirected most of my energy toward recovery, leaving me with just enough brain power to pen a few thoughts. Recovery is defined as return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.  I’ve been having a hard time imagining ‘normal’. … Read more

Self-reflection doesn’t mean grabbing a mirror

September 30, 2018 Over the last year I have had plenty of time for self-reflection.  I’ve been less mobile due to a car accident that was both a blessing and a curse.  The mixed blessings are that I lost a car I loved, but I have a great new car… Read more

You can trust the magic of new beginnings

September 16, 2018  “And suddenly you just know it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” — Meister Eckhart What’s really going on between us and those we love?  Why are relationship so hard?  When we’re not sure who we are, or what we stand for, it can get confusing.  … Read more

Your Life is not About You

September 2, 2018 Imperfection and perfection go so hand in hand, and our dark and our light are so intertwined, that by trying to push the darkness or negative aspects of our life to the side…we are preventing ourselves from the fullness of life. – Jeff Bridges – Your life… Read more

Authenticity is Coming Home to Your Best Self

August 19, 2018 Authenticity stems from mental and emotional health.  It reflects qualities that represent maturity, thoughtfulness, and psychological flexibility.  It speaks to an awareness that being true to oneself means being aware of your strengths and limitations, and working to develop characteristics that add to the well-being of others.… Read more

6 ways hidden defensiveness can sabotage you

August 5, 2018 Defensiveness can feel like self-protection.  That sounds like a good thing.  Is it always? Sometimes it can be.  When we are in real danger, it’s critical to recognize it and defend ourselves appropriately.  That may mean walking away (or running) to remove ourselves from a dangerous situation,… Read more